• Home to one of the largest operations of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme in the world, the Indian voluntary sector has taken the lead in supporting government and civil-society initiatives aimed at achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and has now made its presence felt in the cyber world as well.

  • UNV India organized a national UNV volunteer workshop from 27 to 28 August in Manesar, Hariyana. The workshop was the first of its kind in India for the more than 75 national UNV volunteers currently working in the country. The theme of the discussion focussed on the eight UN Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in the run up to this year’s UNV’s International Volunteer Day on 5 December themed “Volunteering for the MDGs”.

  • Our planet is changing and every hour counts. We want to know how many hours you spend Volunteering for our Planet between 5 June and 5 December 2009.If we're going to cope with climate change, everybody needs to get involved. So the United Nations Volunteers programme is Volunteering for our Planet - and we'd like you to join us.

  • If we are to meet the challenges of climate change, citizens of developing countries must be equally involved. In India, a nation of more than a billion people, 'Volunteering for our Planet' extended across every area of society - from schools and universities to the private sector. Read about the multitude of activities in the country that contributed the largest number of hours towards the 'Volunteering for our Planet' campaign.

  • The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

  • India is a rapidly developing country where a billion plus people live, but paradoxically many of them with a huge gap in living standards. Environment is a major concern for the Government, UN and other many development organizations.

  • UNV India played a role of leadership for IVD 2009 involving Swechha, UNDP India, VSO, American Center, Times Foundation, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Department of Environment Govt. of Delhi, NFI, Tehelka, NDTV, Radio MEOW, The YP Foundation and Jamghat joined hands to celebrate and commemorate International Volunteer Day on the 5th of December 2009.

  • United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in collaboration with local partners - Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) and Bakul Foundation - jointly commemorated the International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5th December 2009 at Bhubaneswar, Orissa. The theme for this year’s IVD celebration in Orissa was “Volunteering for our Planet”.

  • Strategic Objective: “Promote and support activities that will help/facilitate an individual (employee) in becoming more self conscious and sensitive towards society and environment; thereby making a lifelong commitment to voluntarily contribute to one or more social and/or environmental cause.”

  • People around the world are volunteering hundreds of thousands of hours to tackle climate change and send a message to world leaders that everyone is part of the solution.

  • The 'Green Orissa' campaign was launched in Orissa in July amidst boundless enthusiasm, hope and promise to make the state green through volunteering efforts. The campaign launched in a Bhubaneshwar-based Government Girl's High School, promotes tree plantation as a first step to meeting the challenges posed by climate change.

  • The ‘Green Orissa’ Campaign was launched in Orissa in July amidst boundless enthusiasm, hope and promise to make the state green through volunteering efforts. The campaign, launched in a Bhubaneswar-based government girl’s high school, promotes tree plantation as a first step to meeting the challenges posed by climate change.

  • From June 22nd to June 28th 2009, two members of the UNV team in India, Mr Anoj Chhetri (Programme Officer) and Saoirse de Bont (UNV intern from Ireland), assisted as resource persons at the NSS Mega Summer Camp 2009 in the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Youth Development (RGNIYD) in Chennai. The summer camp was attended by over 400 NSS volunteers, representing states from across India.

  • The “Teach India” campaign was a social initiative by the Times of India in partnership with the Times Foundation and United Nations Volunteers, which invited the general public, corporate employees and students to volunteer towards teaching underprivileged children who have been denied the right to education. The aim of the campaign was to provide a platform for members of society who, irrespective of their personal and professional standing, felt a strong desire to give back to society and to participate in building a nation based on solidarity and justice, and in order to fight discrimination and marginalization. The campaign will be carried out in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. UNV India is supporting the “Teach India” campaign with its technical expertise in volunteer management and in planning development projects.

  • Peace is more than just the absence of discord or violent conflict. It encompasses all aspects of social cohesion – including equality, freedom and the rule of law. Peace is the necessary prerequisite for sustainable human development, for equitable access to resources and services, and for the full realization of human opportunities and potential.

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